Others spoke in opposition to sex and race education as well as the continued practice of community members speaking against the mask mandate.
“They shouldn’t be worried about sex,” said community member George James. “They shouldn’t even be taught it. Anybody that pushes this law has got to be a child pedophile.”
Senate Bill 818, which passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly in May, would require ISBE to develop learning standards and school districts to offer comprehensive personal health and safety education for in kindergarten through fifth grade; sexual health education for grades six through 12, and age; and developmentally appropriate consent education for kindergarten through grade 12.
As Unit 5 does not include sex education in the elementary curriculum, Weikle said that aspect of the bill would not affect the district. Unit 5 does teach Erin’s Law, which is used to prevent child sexual abuse and includes age-appropriate information about consent and inappropriate touching.
Alex Shone, a recent Unit 5 grad, said sex education should not be taught in schools, but instead left for families to teach in their homes.
The district’s curriculum is “Inclusive and affirming for all sexual orientations and gender identities” and uses the national sex education standards as a resource, Weikle said.
Per House Bill 2170, which was signed into law in March to take effect July 1, ISBE is required to adopt “revised social science learning standards that are inclusive and reflective of all individuals in this country.”
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Students in McLean County Unit 5 will have the option to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing when school starts next month, which could reduce the number of students required to quarantine, Superintendent Kristen Weikle said Wednesday.
A crowd gathered at Normal West High School for the McLean County Unit 5 school board meeting June 16, 2021. More than 30 people signed up to speak for public comments, many in regards to mask-wearing, sex education and race in social studies education.